Respiratory Health, Part1: the Principles, Basic Prone Positions
This first session is meant for understanding the principles behind the 'Respiratory Health' practice. The first part of this session is not a therapy session, and is not meant for those who are going through respiratory discomfort.
The second segment of the session (starting 36th minute) goes into positions and actions that specifically benefit in case of respiratory discomfort covering simple seated and prone positions.
Level: Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Intermediate, Gentle
Props needed: the sessions in this Short Course are all supported, and therefore, prop-intensive. Household objects like chairs, firm blankets, cushions may be used
This session is part of the following Short Courses:
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We start the first couple of sessions in this Short Course with a more generic segment that senstises/ activates/ warms-up the focus area – the thoracic area comprising the front, back and the sides. The second segment of the session (starting 36th minute) goes into positions and actions that specifically benefit in case of respiratory discomfort covering simple seated and prone positions. In this session we cover basic prone positions and their adaptations.
All the sessions of this Short Course are meant for ‘learning’ – can be done when one is in good health to get an understanding of the principles. Respiratory illnesses can be of various types and intensities. During the acute phase of the illness, rest is important and asana practice should not cause further exhaustion. Start with the simplest prone and seated positions during the recovery phase (as shown in this session), and gradually build up the practice as strength is re-gained.
For a practice that is suitable for beginners/ newcomers, work with the many short tutorials in the FREE Resources section of the Portal Respiratory Health (Short Course; suitable for newcomers) (FREE Resource)
For a practice specific to Covid 19 recovery, look at the Short Courses Covid-19 Recovery: A suggested yoga Program from the IY (UK) Therapy Committee (Course Level: Exp Beginner, Intermediate, Gentle)